Sylvia Burns Promoted to Full-Time CIO Post at Interior Dept; Rhea Suh Comments

digital governmentSylvia Burns, a 20-year federal government veteran and acting chief information officer at the Interior Department since March, has been appointed to the CIO role on a full-time basis.

Rhea Suh — assistant interior secretary for policy, management and budget — said Wednesday that Burns will “lead the day-to-day work of the Office of the Chief Information Officer and advance the department’s ongoing (information technology) transformation efforts.”

Burns will also focus on the department’s data center consolidation efforts as CIO, Suh said.

“As Acting CIO I have had the privilege of leading a dedicated team and working collaboratively with our bureaus and offices as we modernize our systems and move our IT transformation program forward,” said Burns.

She joined DOI in 2006 as information planning director for the assistant secretary for Indian affairs and managed enterprise architecture, capital planning, investment control, IT budget and acquisitions and IT policy for the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Burns became chief for portfolio management in the Interior CIO’s office in 2009 and was responsible for the department’s $1 billion investment portfolio, as well as a team that evaluated how the department could optimize its IT resources.

She started her federal government career in 1994 at the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, where she led technology projects such as a worldwide customer relationship management platform and a secure remote network access system.

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